Winning the Game

When you’ve played enough computer games, you know that if you sit and sweat over a game, any game, be it WoW, Angry Birds or Donkey Kong, whatever; if you work it like a job will find the weak spot.  Just squeeze and *POP* – you win.

And that’s it.  Game over.  Congratulations, your game’s over now?

No, no no, the real game isn’t obliterating everyone else in the game, it isn’t getting to that Game Over screen.  It’s about the tease before the big *POP*.


Play By Your Own Rules

My favourite battleground match was just before The Burning Crusade.  We were fabulously overgeared in endgame T2, and we were able to crush and walk over the opposition.  Our faction had been broken by the opposite faction for weeks, until we emerged from our raids and queued for Warsong Gulch.  Was it satisfying to destroy the other guys in 2 minutes flat?  Hell no.  First, we scored 2 flags straight after each other.  Then we casually walked up to their graveyard, and planted the WSG flag at their feet.  We backed up a little, and sat down.   They were too scared to take it.

The fun was in the tease, of not quite winning.  Of making our own rules, and winning by them.

You know that feeling, because you too play your own game.  You play the Auction House game instead of the quest and rep grind game that Blizzard intended.

You love making your own rules, and winning by them.


What is winning?

How much gold do I have?   Somewhere between 800k and 1,500k on a good day.  It varies, sometimes wildly.  Basically, I have enough that I can splurge on every mount that you can buy.  My last two cost 200k and 100k each.  I have enough that all my alts have as much epic gear, bagspace, and mounts that they could ever want.  I have enough gold that I (stupidly?) wasted a travelers tundra mammoth on a level 40 I haven’t played since 2009.  Does it really matter how much I have?

Wealth is not counted by number of coins hoarded or amount of full bank tabs, but by competency, experience and knowledge of how to make gold any time you want.

Go out and spent.  Spend until you’re scared you can’t get back from the edge.

When Cata hit, I only had 20k. I was a tiny bit scared I wouldn’t make it all back.  Love that thrill. Get that thrill.

Post dedicated to Inferi the Mage and Grumnir the Warrior, who knew the art


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The Gold Queen is written by Alyzande. With many level 100s, 9 years expertise in making gold, 10 garrisons, 16k achievements, 1505 days played, and over 18m gold earned. The Gold Queen blog teaches you how to make gold playing World of Warcraft using ethical trading, auction house flipping, crafting, reselling snatch lists, and farming gold making.

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  1. Darkfriend337
    Darkfriend337 says:

    SOOO true. When I “master” a market, it gets boring, just as when all markets stop being profitable. I have 225k+, down from 300k ,but the 100k I spent (I’ve made some gold back, although I’m going slower now) was soo much fun to spend. I bought myself a hog, and a few pieces of gear for my hunter alt. But the real fun was buying gear for guildies. Bought a DK who had a 359 str sword and a 359 agil sword off v n t a cleaver, and the 365 scalper I had. Not only was he thrilled to pieces, but we became better friends, and he pulls a great deal more DPS in raids! Also bought a healer a staff, and donated it secretly through another guilide. It was great fun, made me feel nice, made people happy, and helped out the raid team. Far better IMO then sitting in my bag!

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